Rosemary is my ninth pick for the most essential herbs you should have in your kitchen.

Identifying Rosemary

Rosemary, part of the mint family, is Native to Asia and the Middle East, and does well in both flood and drought type climates.

Rosemary is popular for cooking and medicinal use. It is also great for decorations and landscaping.

With white, pink, purple, or blue flowers that cluster at the top, rosemary is easily detected by its woodsy fragrance of resin and pine.

Eating Rosemary

Most popular in savory cooking, especially potato dishes and focaccia, it also makes a delicious addition to shortbread cookies, lemon bars, or other desserts.

The leaves tend to be the most used, but the stems can also be used in soups and roasts, just remove before eating.

Rosemary is often used in essential oils as well as a stimulant, for focus, and alertness.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

Oils are often created from oregano leaves and can be used to treat the following:

  • antibacterial and antioxidant
  • digestive issues
  • anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory
  • enhance memory and concentration
  • immune strengthening

Oregano is an excellent source of:

  • fiber
  • vitamin A (immune system and vision)
  • vitamin C (synthesizes collagen)
  • high amounts of folate (RNA and DNA building blocks)
  • iron (anemia prevention)
  • manganese (antioxidant properties)
  • magnesium and calcium (for metabolizing the bones)
  • healthy amounts of vitamin B6 (brain function)
  • potassium (heart and blood pressure)

Rosemary is excellent at neutralizing free radicals.

Growing Rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial evergreen that grows well in full sun. It grows well from a clipping, but you can grow it from seeds as well. Rosemary can grow up to 4’ tall and can spread 4’ wide. It is helpful to trim your plant regularly. Rosemary makes a great hedge in zones 7 and above.

Rosemary grows well near sage, beans, and cabbage. It also does well with salt spray, so if you live near the beach it’s a great choice. The biggest danger to your rosemary is overwatering, so water infrequently and allow time for the soil to dry before watering again.

Easy to grow and with endless culinary possibilities, rosemary is a must have for any garden.

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